Our first event of the year! The Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth almost always has an impressionist exhibit at this time of year, and it's become somewhat of a regular event for the Costumer's Guild. I actually managed to finish the tan and brown dress in time, which was a tiny miracle! I was still up until 4:30 doing last minute finishing, like sleeves, colllars, and buttons (the bloddy buttons and buttonholes themselves too two hours to put on!), but before the event I just had to get up, do my hair, and get dressed, and not have to worry about how I was going to close a half-finished thing and not bust out of it during the event. I didn't have to worry about pins coming undone or stitching showing. It was great. And now I have something bustle era that fits again! :D
I ended up using Burda 7880 for the bodice. It made up really well, but the instructions were extremely minimal, like "sew A to B. Attach cuff." There was absolutely no mention of cutting out a lining anywhere in the pattern, but this weird step of "sewing inside jacket same as outside jacket". That was literally the instruction. Later there was "double the jacket". What? It never said to cut out a lining, the little cutting layout only said "cut one" or "cut two", it never said "of fabric" or "of lining", and there were other little quirks, like it showing that you need 24 buttons, but not saying what size of button. Definitely not for beginners. But, the end result is beautiful! I especially love the little box pleated peplum in the back.
Anyway, we met up at 10, when the museum actually opens, and it was already filling up. The exibit galleries were crowded and hard to move around in, and there were some paintings we couldn't even get close to because people with the audio tour thingies were standing around in packs and forming human walls around them. By the time we left the museum, the line for the exhibit had grown to enormous lengths, and there was a sign saying they were only letting in a certain amount of people at a time because of the size of the space.
The exibit itself was excellent, though, and we had a great turnout for our group. Everyone looked totally amazing, too! I'm sort of obsessed with Eryn's white dress and red dolman. I didn't get any photos of the bodice she wore under the dolman, but it was gorgeous, with these tiny little embossed brass buttons. It was stunning. Everyone looked stunning.
Afterward, we went to La Madeleine for a bit of lunch. We ended up staying for quite a while and chatting, which was so enjoyable. I had missed seeing everyone, and it was a lot of fun to catch up. We had to sort of finagle the dining room to make room for all of us because these two dudes were hogging the one long table all to themselves, so we just stole a bunch of tables and pushed them together, making this crazy L shaped table fort.